Back in the summer I had some conversations with students about how they were seeking to see how God wants to use them. I knew it would be a good idea to do a series on spiritual gifts and planned it into our fall teaching schedule. Then as I was printing Sunday School curriculum a couple of months ago I discovered that we would also be covering spiritual gifts for 2 weeks in Sunday School. I thought it would be good if they coincided and was going to move the WNW series to line up. However, what I discovered was that they already lined up without me having to change anything. I love it when God works things out like this!
We began the night with a worship set that included "Relentless" (Hillsong United), "God is Able" (Hillsong), and "Battle Cry" (They Came Running). I began the message by talking about the All-In initiative that our church is currently a part of. I am incorporating it into our WNW messages during this period. We all have to ask the question of whether or not we are all-in for the kingdom of God. One way that we can be all-in is by serving God through our spiritual gifts. We read Matthew 13:44 the parable of the hidden treasure. There are two ways we need to think about this verse. First, we need to look at the man as Jesus, who gave up everything so we could be made right with Him. He did this by laying His life down for us on the cross. He did it with joy because we are His prize. Second, we need to look at the man as ourselves. We are to pursue God wholeheartedly, serving Him with our best. We do not do this in order to be saved, but because we are saved.
It is easy to think though that we are not equipped to be all-in for God. However, there is one part of this verse that we tend to overlook. This verse says that he sells "all", but we fail to remember that his all was already supplied to Him by God. God Himself equips us with everything we need to pursue Him, follow Him, and give back to Him. One way He does this for believers is through spiritual gifts. We spent the rest of the night working through a spiritual gift inventory to reveal to us the areas that God has gifted us in to serve Him. I encouraged the students to be honest, and not answer about how they want to be. I also told them that if they are not a Christian, then this does not give true results because the Holy Spirit does not dwell in them. Several of the students completed theirs but not everyone. This next Wednesday we will complete them and make application.